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[ruh-vanch, -vahnsh]
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  1. the policy of a state intent on regaining areas of its original territory that have been lost to other states as a result of war, a treaty signed under duress, etc.
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Origin of revanche

1855–60; < French: revenge
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  • You must give me my chance of a revanche to-morrow, Mr Tempest!

    The Sorrows of Satan

    Marie Corelli

  • One afternoon the French gunboat Revanche received visitors.

  • It is not "revanche" we want, but the return of our territory.

  • With the young Welshman a joke might be carried to extremes, and he would only seek his revanche by a lark of like kind.

  • It brooded upon the Revanche, the return match with Prussia.

Word Origin and History for revanche


"revenge," 1858, from French revanche (see revanchist).

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